BJT Survey: Private Flying Set for Post-pandemic Climb

Fifty-eight percent of the respondents to the latest annual Readers' Choice Survey by AIN sister publication Business Jet Traveler said the Covid-19 pandemic has reduced their private flying, while 17 percent said they increased their private flying in response to the health crisis. Eighteen percent reported no year-over-year change in their flying habits and 3 percent said they flew privately for the first time due to health concerns during the pandemic. Looking to a post-pandemic world in 2021, 38 percent expect their private flying to resume at 2019 levels and 41 percent said they will fly even more.

Though the top-three reasons for flying privately remained static from the 2019 survey—save time, ability to fly into airports not served by the airlines, and more comfortable flights—the pandemic was on the minds of respondents this year, with health concerns coming in at a close fourth place.

Top aircraft attributes were range, economical operation, and cabin comfort and amenities. Preferred aircraft by category include the Pilatus PC-12 (turboprop single); Beechcraft King Air (turboprop twin); Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 (very light and light jet, respectively); Cessna Citation Latitude (midsize jet); Bombardier Challenger 350 (super-midsize jet); and Gulfstream G500 and G650/650ER (large-cabin and ultra-long-range jet, respectively).

Asked about what would most interest respondents, 28 percent cited supersonic business jets, indicating wide interest in this emerging category.

AIN Alerts   ARTICLE dated 30 December 2020

Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers May Receive Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, with Appropriate PrecautionWASHINGTON — Following the Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Pfizer, Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine, the FAA has determined that pilots may receive the vaccine under the conditions of their FAA-issued airman medical certification. FAA Air Traffic Controllers, who are subject to FAA medical clearance, may also receive the vaccine.

To maintain the highest level of safety in the National Airspace System, the agency will require aviation professionals with medical certifications or medical clearances to observe a period of 48 hours following the administration of this vaccine before conducting safety-sensitive aviation duties, such as flying or controlling air traffic.

Because the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, 21 days apart for maximum effectiveness, this waiting period applies after each dose.

The FAA anticipates taking no additional measures to ensure safety after the initial window for side effects closes. However, the agency’s medical professionals will continuously monitor the initial distribution of the novel vaccine and documented clinical results and will adjust these recommendations as needed.

The FAA will evaluate vaccines from other manufacturers as they receive FDA authorization in the coming weeks and months and will advise pilots and air traffic controllers of any waiting periods required for those vaccines.

The FAA applies similar brief waiting periods after administration of other vaccines, including those for tuberculosis and typhoid.

The FAA encourages Americans to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as authorized by FDA. This policy announcement pertains to a specialized group of FAA-certificated professionals who perform safety-sensitive aviation duties.

For more information, please visit the Medical Certification page at faa.gov.

MBAA 2021 Proposed Schedule of Events

The following events are scheduled on the second Wednesday of the Month, the usual day each month the MBAA schedules monthly membership meetings.  Unless confirmed, the events scheduled are based on experience and preliminary discussions with the designated sponsor.  Once confirmed, the event details will be posted under the EVENTS tab.

  New in 2021, the MBAA is planning for a Quarterly "Happy Hour" to be held on the last Thursday of the month of  March, June, and September.  The "Happy Hour" events will be scheduled based upon the availability of sponsors and an approved site to host the event.  These events are created to enhance networking and fellowship with a relevant presentation and discussion.   

Confirmed 13 January - Drones in Aviation: Today & Tomorrow

Confirmed 10 February - Embraer

10 March - Conversation with Minnesota US Senators

25 March - "Happy Hour" Event

14 April - MN House/Senate Transportation Chairs

12-13 May - SAFETY DAY

9 June - Gulfstream Aerospace

24 June - "Happy Hour" Event

14 July - Textron Aviation

Confirmed   23 August - MBAA Aviation Golf Classic

@ StoneRidge Golf Club, Stillwater, MN

Confirmed 15 September - Dassault Falcon Jet

30 September - "Happy Hour" Event

5-7 October - NBAA - BACE

10 November - Bombardier

8 December - Sleigh Ride Event

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